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Elwin "Preacher" Roe

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Elwin Charles "Preacher" Roe died Nov. 9, 2008, at the age of 92. He was born Feb. 26, 1916, in Ash Flat, Ark., to Dr. Charles Edward Roe and Elizabeth (Ducker) Roe.

On Sept. 6, 1938, he was united in marriage to Mozee Vida Clay in Melbourne, Ark. Preacher attended Harding University in Searcy, Ark., for four years where he played on the college baseball team. In 1938, he began his major league baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent 1939 through 1943 playing in the minor league in Columbus, Ohio and Rochchester, N.Y. He spent his winter months coaching and teaching history to high school students. In 1944, Roe rejoined the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Five years later, Preacher played with what was to be known as "The Boys of Summer." His career with the Brooklyn Dodgers spanned seven years and included five World Series appearances, with selections to five All Star Games.

Preacher's baseball records include: Highest winning percentage for a pitcher with 20 games, winning a game with the least amount of pitches, and having two 10 game winning streaks in one season. Preacher was elected to the Missouri Hall of Fame, Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, Harding University Hall of Fame, NAIA Hall of Fame and the Dodger Hall of Fame.

After baseball, Preacher owned and operated Preacher Roe's Supermarket for over 20 years. Upon retiring, he worked for the First National Bank and Centerre Banks of West Plains.

He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of West Plains.

He was preceded in death by: his wife of 63 years, Mozee; his parents; one sister, Elsie Fite; five brothers, Creston, Wayman, Cecil, Roy, and Glen.

He is survived by: two sons, Elwin Charles Roe Jr. and wife, Kay of Pineville, Mo., and Thomas Clay Roe and wife, Saundra of West Plains; seven grandchildren, Elwin Spicer Roe, Thomas Keith Roe, Winnie Dewitt, Chris Roe, Jenny Long, Jimmy Roe, Kelly Roe; 11 great-grandchildren; two sister-in-laws, Montine Moody and Wanda Roe; and special friend, Anna Garnett.